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the Poetics

“IN THE END, this work is not so much a portrait of the Poetics as it is an examination of how a history is constructed. It concerns a period which is fairly recent and only now being historically considered. And in this examination, hopefully the prehistoricization of the Punk period will be perceived as a war for control of meaning—a war that one can still fully participate in. This history is not yet etched in stone.” The words are Mike Kelley’s, describing The Poetics Project, his multimedia contribution (with Tony Oursler) to last summer’s installment of Documenta. Incredibly rich source material for students of minor history, the Poetics are an art band incarnating the archetypes of every imaginable art band, a collaboration that began with Kelley, Oursler, and Donald Krieger turning toward band-formation-as-art-project when the three were students at Cal Arts. Listening to Poetics:

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